Issues: Judiciary

Department of Financial Services to Speek Resolution of Insurance Claims in Areas Affected by SANDY

The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.

February 27, 2013
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Senator Bonacic speaks on the Senate floor regarding the confirmation of Jenny Rivera as a Judge of the Court of Appeals

Senator Bonacic, Chairman of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks about recently confirmed Court of Appeals Judge Jenny Rivera.

February 14, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE JENNY RIVERA

 

“I am proud that Professor Jenny Rivera has finally been confirmed as Court of Appeals Judge. Professor Rivera will bring intellect, judgment and experience, while presiding over cases affecting millions of New Yorkers.

February 11, 2013
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Hudson Valley YNN: Governor’s nomination for Court of Appeals being challenged

Febuary 5, 2013 : by Nick ReismanGovernor Cuomo has nominated Jenny Rivera to serve on the Court of Appeals. But some senators raised concerns about her lack of experience, delaying the judiciary committee's vote on Tuesday. And at least one senator still had questions about why exactly Rivera was picked. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman reports.ALBANY, N.Y. -- Confirmations for the state's highest court tend to be anti-climatic affairs. The governor makes a nomination to the Court of Appeals and the State Senate reviews the candidate and then confirms them. But not this time.

February 7, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on JudiciarySenator John J. Bonacic, Chair10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 5, 2013Room 124 CAP

February 5, 10:00 AM - 10:46 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 12:45 PM, Monday, February 4, 2013 Room 124 CAP

February 4, 12:45 PM - 3:45 PM
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Your Voice with Senator John Bonacic: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing for Court of Appeals Nominee

 Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Bonacic discusses the Judiciary Committee Hearing for the Governor's Court of Appeals nominee Jenny Rivera- Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

January 30, 2013
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Public Hearing: Hearing for Court of Appeals Nominee Jenny Rivera

Senate Standing Committee on JudiciaryChair: Senator John J. BonacicPublic Hearing: Hearing for Court of Appeals Nominee Jenny RiveraPlace: Capitol Building, Room 124, Albany, New YorkTime: 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.Contact: Jessica Cherry (518) 455-3181Media Contact: Jessica Cherry - cherry@nysenate.govORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 4, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Law could simplify voter registration

The Queens Chronicle wrote an article about the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill, which Senator Gianaris introduced along with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh and the Brennan Center for Justice. Senator Gianaris believes this proposal could save the state and its counties hundreds of thousands of dollars per election.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law introduced the Voter Empowerment Act of New York bill on June 7.

 

June 25, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair Thursday , June 21, 2012 OFF THE FLOOR

June 21, 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Room 510 LOB

*THIS IS A REVISED AGENDA* *PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME AND LOCATION OF MEETING*

June 5, 10:30 AM - 10:35 AM
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Daily News: Manhattan Resident Wins 'Counter' Argument

The Daily News reports on East Side resident John Burke's legal victory:

The ruling means a disabled bartender who has lived in a dark, ground-floor Yorkville studio for 35 years...gets to keep his kitchen, while the rest of the tenants, including those in the $5,900 fifth-floor penthouse, have to keep climbing stairs.

 

“We won? I can’t believe it,” said John Burke, 67, the Irish immigrant who has occupied the rent-stabilized studio at 318 East 84th St. since 1977.

 

Burke, who worked as a hotel bartender and concierge until he became disabled in a 1995 accident, credited his lawyers and the staff of State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) for his legal victory.

May 29, 2012
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Senate Passes "Mark's Law"

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.4717B), sponsored by Senator Patricia Ritchie (R-C, Huevelton) to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

May 22, 2012
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 31, 2012 Room 510 LOB

May 31, 10:00 AM - 10:04 AM
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Committee Meeting: Judiciary Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Room 123 CAP

May 15, 11:35 AM - 11:53 AM
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Our Town: Krueger Takes on 'the War on Women'

Our Town's Megan Finnegan reported on Liz's forum at the CUNY Graduate Center last week, "The War on Women: An Evening Basic Training."

Krueger was joined on April 24 at the CUNY Graduate Center by Amy Richards, writer and activist; Joe Rollins, executive officer of the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center; Shelby Knox, director of women’s rights at Change.org; and Jamia Wilson, vice president of programs at the Women’s Media Center. Each was invited to speak about what they feel are currently the biggest threats to women’s rights and how concerned citizens can combat them.

 

“We should take nothing for granted,” Krueger told the audience of over 100 people. “If we don’t make a stand, if we don’t push the envelope as far as we can back in the opposite direction, if we don’t continue our fight to make progress, then we could wake up another year and a half from now in this country going, ‘Oh my god, we thought 2012 was bad, who imagined this could happen here?’ But this can happen here.”

May 3, 2012
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